Chinese conglomerate Anbang Insurance Group is out of negotiations to redevelop the Manhattan headquarters of the Kushner family real estate empire, following concerns about its ability to provide the needed billions in capital and questions about possible foreign influence on ex-Kushner Companies head and now-White House adviser Jared Kushner.
“Kushner Companies is no longer in discussions with Anbang about 666 Fifth Ave.’s potential redevelopment, and our firms have mutually agreed to end talks regarding the property,” a spokesman for Kushner Co. told the New York Post on Wednesday. Anbang’s involvement had worried some due to its murky ownership and alleged ties to the Chinese government.
Jared Kushner has handed over his stake in the Manhattan office tower to a family trust since joining in the Trump administration, but he was heavily involved in initial talks with Anbang. He purchased the building for the family business back in 2007.
Redevelopment plans could run up to $11 billion in costs, and are said to involve adding 40 stories to the building.
Bob Dylan, Professional Enigma, will finally accept his Nobel Prize for Literature this weekend.
Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, which issues the awards, announced the news in a blog post. Dylan, she wrote, would accept the award while in Sweden to perform two concerts; the Swedish Academy, she said, would attend one of them.
This will not be the last chapter in the inexplicably drawn-out saga of Dylan’s acceptance of the Nobel. (As a refresher: After being announced as the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Literature in October, Dylan refused to acknowledge the award for weeks, declined to attend the presentation of the awards, and similarly skipped a White House celebration of the year’s laureates. He did, however, pen a witty speech that was delivered in absentia at the December awards ceremony.)
In order to receive the monetary award that accompanies their prize, Nobel Laureates must deliver a lecture on their subject in the six months following the awards ceremony. Dylan will not deliver his this weekend, Danius shared, but “The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point.” The last Laureate to deliver a taped lecture was Alice Munro, in 2013.
Israeli paramilitary police officers shot and killed a Palestinian woman who tried to attack them with a pair of scissors outside Jerusalem’s walled Old City on Wednesday, police spokesmen said.
The incident occurred at Damascus Gate, a heavily guarded entrance to the Old City and the scene of similar violence in the past.
“Police responded to a life-threatening situation and the female terrorist was shot dead at the scene,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Luba Samri, a police spokeswoman, said the 49-year-old woman had “approached a group of officers, pulled out a knife and tried to stab them.” She said the woman was a resident of East Jerusalem, which Israel captured along with the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.
At least 241 Palestinians have been killed in Israel and the Palestinian Territories in a period of sporadic violence that began in October 2015 but has tapered off in recent months.
Two American tourists and 37 Israelis have been killed in such incidents since the violence began.
Bernie Sanders has a blunt message for President Trump after the White House announced a rollback of Obama-era climate change policies: he and other Democrats will not let the administration “threaten the lives of our children and grandchildren.”
Mr. Trump: You are threatening the lives of our children and grandchildren. We will fight you every step of the way. pic.twitter.com/xrSsag1c9K— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 28, 2017
“President Trump’s anti-environmental executive orders are a disaster. They are a threat to the future of this country and to the future of the world,” the Vermont senator said in a video posted to Twitter. “You are threatening not only this generation, but you’re threatening the lives of our kids and our grandchildren.”
Sanders’ words come after the White House approved executive orders instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to begin unwinding rules adopted under former President Obama that were designed to limit carbon emissions from factories and power plants.
Trump, who ran on a pledge to revive the flagging coal and fossil fuel industries, has previously called global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
(JTA) — A Russian appeals court affirmed the expulsion order issued against an American rabbi working in Sochi, in what a local leader of the Chabad movement called a “dark day” for Jews.
In its ruling Tuesday against Ari Edelkopf, the Krasnodar Court of Appeals accepted the position of a Sochi tribunal that earlier this year determined that Edelkopf, who had been working as Chabad’s emissary to the city, was a threat to national security. He has now no legal recourse and is legally obligated to leave the country in the near future, Interfax reported.
Boruch Gorin, a senior spokesperson for Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, condemned the ruling Tuesday as “hostile.” For the first time “in the modern history of Russia, a rabbi is declared a ‘threat to national security’,” Gorin wrote on Facebook, adding that authorities have refused to divulge any details of the nature of alleged threat, citing laws on state secrets. He told Interfax the ruling was “Kafakesque” and “grounds for lawlessness.”
Tuesday was “a dark day in the history of the Jews in Russia,” Gorin added on Facebook.
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